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SPARQL Graduates to W3C Recommendation 111

KjetilK writes "The W3C just gave SPARQL the stamp of approval. SPARQL is a query language for the Semantic Web, and differs from other query languages in that is usable across different data sources. There are already 14 implementations of the spec available. Most of them are free software. There are also billions of relations out there that are query-able, thanks to the Linking Open Data project. The structured data of Wikipedia is now query-able at DBpedia. Also, have a look at Ivan Herman's presentations on this topic."

Submission + - New Species of Bird Discovered in Brazil [pics!] (scienceblogs.com)

grrlscientist writes: "A lovely new species of antwren from Brazil has just been described in the literature, and the best part is that the majority of this bird's status as a new species was argued based on its distinct vocalizations.

From the article: "This is potentially another new species for Brazil. Once confirmed, it is vital that we assess its conservation status and any potential threats. It would be sadly ironic if, as soon as it was discovered, Sincorá Antwren became threatened with extinction," observed Stuart Butchart, who is the Global Species Program Coordinator for BirdLife."


Google Video Store Shutting Down 155

babbling writes "Google is going to close the Google Video Store, leaving users who bought videos that used Digital Restrictions Management without their purchases. The users of Google Video Store will be compensated with Google Checkout credit, but it seems they will be out of luck if they don't happen to be Google Checkout users."

Submission + - UCLA cops taser ID-less student

crowbarsarefornerdyg writes: From TFA: According to a report on the university's Daily Bruin, the incident occured at around 11.30 pm on Tuesday when security officers at the Powell Library CLICC computer lab "asked a male student using a computer in the back of the room to leave when he was unable to produce a BruinCard during a random check". Obviously we don't know the whole story, but from the video, it doesn't seem like he warranted further shocks from the tazer. Especially considering that being tazed tends to make you lose control of your skeletal muscles. http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/11/16/ucla_taser _incident/

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